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MEMORY

How can technology help us preserving our past? How to reimagine it? What can a collective subconscious of the past tell us about our future? MEMORY is the worlds first cuneiform-AI: I trained a dcgan-neural network on a large corpus of transcription drawings of Sumerian cuneiform tablets and used it to generate entirely new cuneiform writings. I iterated on the output of the cuneiform-AI and created a variety of new hyper-digital/physical versions of this ancient form of memory-encoding.

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Cuneiform is regarded as one of the earliest systems of human writing and encoding of information. It was common during the Sumerian period in the fourth millennium BC.

Cuneiform is regarded as one of the earliest systems of human writing and encoding of information. It was common during the Sumerian period in the fourth millennium BC.

A blunt reed was used to stamp words and letters into small pieces of clay. The content of the tablets ranged from financial data to epic adventures.

A blunt reed was used to stamp words and letters into small pieces of clay. The content of the tablets ranged from financial data to epic adventures.

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I used a GAN (General Adversarial Network) for this project: to learn cuneiform, it abstracts pixel-data of the items in the tablet-corpus. After that it is able to generate new tablets on its own.

I used a GAN (General Adversarial Network) for this project: to learn cuneiform, it abstracts pixel-data of the items in the tablet-corpus. After that it is able to generate new tablets on its own.

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The cuneiform-GAN maps out the collective unconscious of the Sumerian civilization 4000 years ago. This is a form of AI-driven memory, a hyperspace archeology.

The cuneiform-GAN maps out the collective unconscious of the Sumerian civilization 4000 years ago. This is a form of AI-driven memory, a hyperspace archeology.

tools/sources: DCGAN (trained on cuneiform), c4d/arnold renders, laser-etching, processing